1. Commit in writing to personal control of your time and office.

2. Set goals - focusing on objectives not activities, and start small - but think big.

3. Prioritize - do first things first; plan step by step.

4. Keep a time log to identify areas for improvement.

5. Learn from the past - Plan for the future - Live in the present.

6. Meetings - start on time, stay on time, end on time.

7. Use mistakes as a learning process, asking for solutions along with the problems.

8. Procrastination can only be solved through positive action. Reward yourself for avoiding it!

9. Ask three questions about paperwork.

  • Will I really do anything with it?
  • When will I do it?
  • Where will I keep it?

10. Six planning questions to ask before you start:

  • Results - What are the goals and what will be accomplished?
  • Activities - What is needed to get those results?
  • Priorities - What priorities are involved?
  • Time Estimates - How much time will each activity take?
  • Schedules - When will I do each activity?
  • Flexibility - How much flexibility is warranted for uncontrollable items?

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